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General CESM Help Information

Users and developers of the CESM model are encouraged to reference the CESM Web Site for general model release information and documentation including:

  • user's guides
  • scientifically supported compsets
  • known problems
  • bug fixes
  • supported platforms
  • performance tuning hints
  • new features associate with model releases

The DiscussCESM Forums provide a bulletin board to post questions and discuss specific topics of interest.

It is the users' responsibility to continually keep informed of these issues using these on-line resources.

General DiscussCESM Forum Usage

What are the DiscussCESM Forums?
The DiscussCESM Forums web site is an on-line discussion bulletin board hosted by NCAR-CISL containing topics of interest to the CESM modeling community. The DiscussCESM Forums site is an update of the previous CESM vBulletin bulletin board site. All previous posts have been migrated to this new site. The forums encompass numerous topics of interest to the community and are monitored by individuals working in those topic areas.
Who can use the DiscussCESM Forums?
The DiscussCESM discussion forums can be viewed by anyone interested in climate modeling using the CESM. Users with valid UCAR UCAS credentials can login and post to the forums. Registered users from the previous vBulletin site have been migrated into the new DiscussCESM Forums site and your username is set to your email address on record. You can reset your password by clicking on the Request new password link at the top of the login screen. Unregistered users wanting to post to the forums are required to complete a short registration process and agree to abide by the Terms and Use of the site.
How are the DiscussCESM Forums structured?
The DiscussCESM Forums site as a whole contains various categories (broad subject areas), which themselves contain forums (more specific subject areas) which contain topics (conversations on a topic of interest) which are made up of individual posts (where a user writes something). The DiscussCESM Forums default home page has a list of categories and forums, with basic statistics for each - including the number of replies and views, and which member posted the most recent message.
How do I find my way around?
When you click on a category's name, you are taken to the list of forums it contains. Click on the forum title to see a list of topics. A thread is a conversation between members or guests related to that topic. Each thread starts out as a single post and grows as more individual posts are added by different users. Click on the column headings in a Forum view to sort by Topics, Views, Replies, and Last Post. You can also collapse / expand a category by clicking on the - / + button in the upper right corner next to the category description.
What are multi-page views?
When there are more posts to display than will fit on a single page, you may see the 'Page' box, which contains page numbers in the upper right corner of the screen. This indicates that the list of posts has been split over two or more pages. This method of splitting lists of items over many pages is used throughout the DiscussCESM Forums site.
What are 'sticky' topics?
'Sticky' topics are created by moderators or administrators, and remain 'stuck' to the top of the listing, even if they haven't had any posts recently. Their purpose is to keep important information visible and accessible at all times.
How do I create a new topic?
Click on a Forum and then click on the + New Topic button. You must be logged in and have the correct permissions to create a new topic.
How do I read a topic?
To read a topic, click on its title. Each post in a topic is created by a member or a guest. You'll see a posting date and link to the member who created the post above the main post message.
How do I post a reply to a topic?
To post a reply to an existing topic post, click on the + Post reply button. If this button does not appear, it could mean that you are not logged in as a member, or that you do not have permission to reply, or that the topic has been closed to new replies.
How do I find out more about members?
To view information about a particular member, click on the user name in a post. This will take you to their public profile page. Alternatively, if you know the username you're interested in, you can use the Search option in the upper right corner of every page to look for all posts by that user.
What is the Navigation Bar?
The navigation bar at the top of every page has links to help you move around. A 'breadcrumb' area at the top left shows where you are now. With one click you can reach areas such as: the Forums list, FAQ (which you are reading now), Login / Logout, My Account when logged in and Register when not logged in, and the Search area.
What are the three boxes at the bottom of every page?
On all the DiscussCESM Forums pages you'll see three boxes at the bottom that tell you what's going on at the moment; New Forum Topics, Active Forum Topics, and Who's New.
How do I subscribe to a specific topic?
You can subscribe to specific topics and associated threads using one of two methods:
  1. login to  your account, click on the My Account menu option, then click on the Subscriptions option. A new window will appear. Click on the Categories option in the upper right corner. You can select as many forum topics to subscribe to and the time interval that you would like to receive notifications.
  2. login to your account, when you open a specific topic post, the Subscribe option will appear at the bottom of the first post in the discussion thread. Clicking on this link will present a number of subscription options specific to the post and associated forum topic.

Known Problems with the DiscussCESM Forums website

Residual issues from port of vBulletin posts
A number of problems have been identified that are directly related to the porting process from the old vBulletin bulletin board into the new DiscussCESM Forums drupal site. These issues include:
  • Some links in posts do not have the correct URL imbedded in the html anchor tag. The work around is to cut and paste the link into your browser window.
  • The "Last post" column display in a forum topic list table is not always accurate. Click on the topic link to verify the author and date of the last post.
A single thread or comment cannot be moved to a different topic
Only topics and all associated comments can be moved to another forum. Individual comments cannot be moved to another topic.
No automated notifications sent to moderators when a posting has not been responded to in a timely fashion.
It is currently up to the specific topic liaisons and moderators to monitor activity on the forum in their specialty area(s).

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